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The trial of the assassin Guiteau : psychiatry and law in the gilded age

Author: Charles E Rosenberg
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1968]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this brilliant study, Charles Rosenberg uses the celebrated trial of Charles Guiteau, who assassinated President Garfield in 1881, to explore insanity and criminal responsibility in the Gilded Age. Rosenberg masterfully reconstructs the courtroom battle waged by twenty-four expert witnesses who represented the two major schools of psychiatric thought of the generation immediately preceding Freud. Although the  Read more...
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Named Person: Charles J Guiteau; Charles J Guiteau; Charles J Guiteau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles E Rosenberg
OCLC Number: 276246
Description: xvii, 289 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Charles E. Rosenberg.

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"In this brilliant study, Charles Rosenberg uses the celebrated trial of Charles Guiteau, who assassinated President Garfield in 1881, to explore insanity and criminal responsibility in the Gilded Age. Rosenberg masterfully reconstructs the courtroom battle waged by twenty-four expert witnesses who represented the two major schools of psychiatric thought of the generation immediately preceding Freud. Although the role of genetics in behavior was widely accepted, these psychiatrists fiercely debated whether heredity had predisposed Guiteau to assassinate Garfield. Rosenberg's account allows us to consider one of the opening rounds in the controversy over the criminal responsibility of the insane, a debate that still rages today."--Book description, Amazon.com.

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